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the end of an era

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


If you asked me what my favorite camera was I wouldn't even have to think about it. It's my Polaroid land camera. I bought my first one back in 2011. I was in love almost instantly. I even wrote a post about it which you can read here. It became something I lugged around with me everywhere.

Then in 2013 Fujifilm announced they would no longer be producing FP-3000b, the black and white film that worked with this camera. After Polaroid announced they'd quit making 600 film I guess I thought it meant it would be a little bit harder to find but you can get anything on the internet, right? Well, not necessarily. I wasn't going to risk that again. I immediately stocked up. I mean I bought A TON of that black and white film...like a couple hundred dollars worth. The price soared shortly after my investment and it continues to rise to this day. It's still available for purchase through Amazon and other photo websites but the price is just under five times what was when I started purchasing it. (AKA I have a gold mine in my refrigerator!)

pacific coast highway

When that happened I decided I'd save that film that I stocked up on, only using it when I felt it absolutely necessary. I'm just looking out for future Kaylah who might desperately need black and white film for her land camera someday. I started using FP-100C, the color film, on a more regular basis. It was only around eight to ten dollars a pack so I'd buy it when I needed it instead of stock piling like I do with my other films.

Last week Fujifilm announced the heartbreaking news that they would be ceasing production of FP-100C as well. My eyes instantly welled up. I might have shed a few tears, and I definitely let out a string of colorful words. I know it's not really something you'd understand unless you shoot this film but this is devastating news for me. It's weird how you can become to attached to something like this.

I felt like the best way to grieve was to sit down with my albums and pore over the photos. I realized I hadn't shared any from 2015's big road trip. These are some of my favorite photos I took on the trip. Some from the middle of the desert, and other from the Pacific Coast Highway, all very special to me.

Wigwam Village, film, fujifilm
Bixby Bridge, film, california coast

It's scary how film is becoming harder and harder to get your hands on. I have a handful of patches and pins that say things like "film is not dead" and as much I want to believe that I have to admit, film is dying... or at least becoming really really unobtainable. It's such a bummer to watch prices soar!

I love digital and I'd basically be lost without my DSLR but using film is something that just can't be replicated. Shooting with instant film is such a great feeling, and peel-a-part film like FP-3000b, and FP-100C is just the bees knees! It's so satisfying. While it's still available buy alllll the film that you can!
xoxo

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  1. Aw man :( That is a bummer. I have a land camera but I've never been able to afford film for it, haha.

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    1. Well, at this rate you'll never be able to afford film for it. It kills me to see the price so high right now!

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  2. Have you tried impossible project? They are making film for Polaroid cameras now. I don't know if they'll have what you need, but they make new film for several Polaroids. It's not the same as the old film, but still pretty good!

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    1. Of course, I've shared many of my Impossible Project film shots on the blog.

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  3. I've always wanted a nice Polaroid, but I haven't been able to come up with the money yet. I really want a SX-70, but they are definitely pricey!

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    1. They are but you can sometimes luck out at thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets where people don't really know what they have! Good luck finding one! :)

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  4. how sad! but these are lovely! xx

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  5. I love the colors of these photos! I poured over your polaroid cameras post and now I've got one of them on my Amazon shopping list! Good luck with rationing off the rest of the film!

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  6. These shots are great. Your eye was clearly meant for film. The depth of field in this one is so unexpected/jarring/interesting for some reason: http://bit.ly/1R3XzUd

    Someone should make a tiny cemetery commemorating all the film that's no longer made. RIP FP-100C

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  7. Oh noes! That is sad news, for sure. I just now started shooting and processing film and I don't know why I didn't do this sooner. The entire process with film makes me feel like I am actually creating something as opposed to digital.

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  8. WHAT? Oh this is terrible news. I just started using my land camera a year ago and love it so much! I have about five of them now in my collection and really wanted to be able to use all of them. I will have the worst time trying to figure out how to spend my last few boxes of film :(

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  9. Off topic, have you hearf of Picher, Oklahoma? It's a mining town, responsible for 50% of the lead and zinc production during WWII until 1967. In 2006 it was completely abandoned after the epa evacuated as most of the residents had massive lead poisoning. Now its a ghost town. Sounds like a place youd like!!

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  10. I know exactly how you feel. When I want to buy film I usually have to go to the city, and last time I was there three shops I used to go to CLOSED DOWN. I ended up buying a disposable camera that was 8 times more expensive than what I used to pay for them three years ago :(
    Film truly is a passion of mine, but I'm afraid it will soon become a luxury that I won't be able to afford or experience.

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  11. It makes me think about when I was at school my photography teacher got a gold mine of a discontinued instant film stash from a student. It was probably heavily aged, but it probably would of gotten some cool effects. I wish I could of seen what she did with it.

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